Voters turn out in force to deliver mixed message

Tuesday’s balloting produced a bountiful harvest of winners and losers. Many outcomes were highly predictable or readily explainable, but others ran against the grain of conventional thinking. Highlights ...

Attack ads here tend to backfire

Political attacks often work. Otherwise, campaigns wouldn’t launch them. But Yamhill County has a record of rejecting such smears. Today, we have another case study.  A few weeks ago, a website ...

Vineyard sentencing laxity does public a disservice

Few jurists boast the distinction and standing to challenge one of Judge John Collins’ ably argued legal opinions. As it happens, none of them sits on the News-Register Editorial Board. But we are ...

Barbara Boyer best suited for county commission seat

It’s time for us to offer an endorsement in this year’s Yamhill County commissioner race. But first, a few preliminaries: 1) There are only two viable candidates. Retiree David Wall lacks ...

We endorse as service to our readers

By the time the Lafeyette Courier (a predecessor to the News-Register) was founded in 1866, American newspapers had already established a tradition of endorsing candidates for elective office. In the ...

Our nod goes to Alexandria in county treasurer's race

Sometimes, it’s easy to assess a field of political hopefuls. Perhaps one candidate casts a longwe shadow over the rest, making it a clear call. Or perhaps none seems palatable, giving you the urge ...

Economic reboot figures to be gradual, uneven and nuanced

Much was made about the president’s claim of total authority over lifting COVID-19 restrictions and resuming business as usual. His assertion of absolute power over American economic activity was ...

Time for all of us to celebrate museum’s new lease on life

News that Bill Stoller had emerged as the white knight purchaser of Evergreen Space & Aviation Museum properties out of bankruptcy was dampened by the fact there could be no on-site celebration. After ...

New CEO looks to be a good fit

Incoming CEO Lorinda (Lori) Bergen sounds like just what the doctor ordered for the Willamette Valley Medical Center. Her résumé certainly checks all the right boxes. The institution, challenged ...

Mail balloting is essental to free and fair elections

What if they held an election and everyone came? That actually happened Tuesday night in Wisconsin, and it was a nightmare of no small proportion. If it triggers a surge in coronavirus cases, when seems ...

Government of the people, by the people

Every March, organizations devoted to open government celebrate Sunshine Week, focusing on the efforts of news organizations and their allies in the neverending battle for transparency from our elected ...

Acts of caring, kindness mark local crisis response

When the going gets tough, some people are blinded by the opportunity to profit on the misery of others and sink into the slime pursuing it. Others, fortunately far more numerous, are blinded by the opportunity ...

Local news in jeopardy across U.S.

One of the many storylines emerging from the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, will be a reduction in community journalism throughout the American landscape.  That’s not a new storyline. ...

Now's not the time to lose our resolve

We are currently locked in a battle for our physical, mental and fiscal health. Our way of life and form of government. Our  cultural, social and political norms. Yes, even our very lives. Now is ...

Leave with the one who brought you

It’s hard to imagine a virus migrating from bats to other animals to humans in Wuhan, China, managing to bring global commerce to a virtual halt in a matter of weeks. But that’s the reality ...

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